Miami-Dade Reinstates Mask Mandate

Miami-Dade Reinstates Mask Mandate

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3 hr 12 min agoMiami-Dade County reinstates mask mandate in all county facilitiesFrom CNN’s Tina Burnside 

Miami-Dade County is reinstating a mask mandate inside all county facilities due to the continuing surge in Covid-19 cases, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced Wednesday. 

During a news conference, Cava said starting today, masks will be required for everyone at all indoor Miami-Dade County facilities. 

“Over the last few weeks, we have all seen an enormous and alarming rise in the Covid cases across our community and country,” Cava said. According to the mayor, the positivity rate in Miami-Dade County is now over 10% with increased hospitalizations in otherwise perfectly healthy people. 

The mayor said she is strongly recommending that everyone wear masks in large crowds or closed spaces especially around people they don’t know to be vaccinated. 

“We can’t do this alone. We’re calling on our Miami-Dade County businesses to step up and help us to protect our community with smart Covid policies and their places of business and also encourage everyone — all employees to get vaccinated,” Cava said. 

3 hr 14 min agoCDC ensemble forecasts project Covid cases, hospitalizations and deaths will increase over next 4 weeksFrom CNN’s Naomi Thomas

A registered nurse stirs a nasal swab in testing solution after administering a Covid-19 test in Los Angeles on July 14, 2021. Mario Tama/Getty ImagesEnsemble forecasts published Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project that new Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are likely to increase over the next four weeks.

The forecast predicts a total of 619,000 to 633,000 Covid-19 deaths will be reported by Aug. 21.

The previous ensemble forecast, published July 21, projected up to 625,000 Covid-19 deaths reported by Aug. 14. 

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, there have been 611,357 Covid-19 deaths in the United States. 

The CDC ensemble forecasts project there will be up to 1.2 million new Covid-19 cases reported in the week ending Aug. 21 and up to 20,000 new Covid-19 hospitalizations reported on Aug. 23.

3 hr 29 min agoNew CDC mask guidance is “mostly the right policy, terrible communication,” CNN medical analyst saysFrom CNN’s Virginia Langmaid

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a communications misstep in issuing new guidance on when vaccinated people should wear masks, former Baltimore Health Commissioner and CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen said Wednesday.

“Mostly the right policy, terrible communication,” Wen told CNN’s John King. “I’m confused and I think many people are very confused about what exactly happened and why.”

New CDC guidelines recommend vaccinated people wear masks indoors if they live in areas of high or substantial transmission of the virus.

“[The Biden administration] should have said the issue is not with the vaccinated, the issue is with the unvaccinated. The reason we’re having to go back to mask mandates indoors is that the unvaccinated didn’t abide by the honor system. The honor code didn’t work,” Wen said.

Wen said communication from the CDC could may lead to confusion about the vaccines themselves.

“Now the messaging is so confused from the CDC that it sounds like there’s something wrong with the vaccine or there’s something wrong with the vaccinated,” she said.

“Neither of those things are true. The vaccines are still really effective at protecting you,” she said.

3 hr 17 min agoWoman urges people to get the shot as unvaccinated husband battles Covid-19 in the hospitalFrom CNN’s Elise Hammond

Alicia Ball on July 28, 2021. CNNAlicia Ball’s husband went from being an active person, working 12 to 16 hours a day for his construction company, to not being able to sit on the side of his hospital bed in Mississippi for just a few minutes. It’s the toll of Covid-19. Now, she’s pleading with people to get the vaccine.

“We have really tried to, after this, talk to as many of our friends and family as possible that they should get it. I never really realized how bad it would be – how bad this Delta variant would be,” she told CNN on Wednesday, speaking from Jackson, Mississippi. “I’m exhausted. I haven’t slept. I’m really worried.”

Ball said her husband is on 15 liters of oxygen and can hardly breathe.

“He can’t walk at all hardly. Just having a difficult time, very difficult,” she said.

She said they didn’t take the virus seriously at first because they didn’t know anyone personally who was experiencing the effects.

Ball said her husband plans to get the vaccine when he gets out of the hospital, but she is worried that he might not recover.

“It’s just devastated his body. I wouldn’t want anybody else to go through this,” she said.

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3 hr 52 min agoNew York City will begin paying people $100 to get vaccinated starting FridayFrom CNN’s Laura Ly

Starting Friday, anyone who gets a first dose of any Covid-19 vaccine at a New York city-run vaccination site will be given $100, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.

The incentive is open to all New York City residents and employees who have not yet received a first vaccine dose. Those with an email address will immediately be issued a $100 digital debit card upon getting their first Covid-19 vaccine at a site run by the city. Those without an email address will be mailed a physical prepaid debit card, said Rachel Loeb, president of the NYC Economic Development Corporation. 

To date, the city has administered 9,902,097 vaccine doses and over 4.9 million New Yorkers (comprising over 59% of the city’s overall population) have received at least one dose, de Blasio said. 

Asked what he would say to New Yorkers who got vaccinated early without needing any incentive, de Blasio said, “anyone who got vaccinated previously, I’m one of those people – congratulations, you got vaccinated, you were protected from Covid, it was free, it was the right thing to do for yourse

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